Story: Small forest birds

Saddleback feeding

Saddlebacks search for insects and grubs in old wood such as this dead tree trunk. They use their strong bills to tear off the bark, and can pry wood open along a split to find wētā, huhu grubs and other juicy items.

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Christina Troup, 'Small forest birds - Saddlebacks and stitchbirds', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 May 2022)

Story by Christina Troup, published 24 Sep 2007, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015